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Look for These Upcoming Color Changes on the 35W Bridge; News on the Flashing Lights

MNDot changes the lighting colors on the 35W bridge for special events and holidays.  For the next month, they have the following planned so far:

December 1: Yellow Ribbon City – Yellow
December 5: Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness - Blue & Orange
December 25: Christmas – Red & Green
January 1: Red, White & Blue

Here are some of our favorite shots of the bridge.  Whether close up or from a distance, regardless of the season, and no matter the color - it's a knockout.

"Connecting Light" 35W Bridge Lights Connect to the Stone Arch Bridge

St. Patrick's Day 2012 Evening Shoot

35W Brige Pretty in Pink

35W & Stone Arch Bridges

35W Rainbow Pride Bridge DSC03684-T

Two Bridges

I recently posted a question on MNDot's website inquiring about the unusual flashing lights and odd spots of color that have been showing up for the last few months.  I received a prompt response from a Traffic Engineer stating they are aware of the problems with some of the sections and are working to address them. 

He mentioned there are some problems with how the lighting system was originally installed, and unfortunately the company that manufactured the units has gone out of business.  Although the aesthetic lighting is a lower priority for use, they are in the process of doing an assessment of the possible problems and hope to have the assessment completed this fall/winter, with plans to have them fixed by spring.  His reply went on to say that this fall they fixed some of the splices, bringing a few sections inline.

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Reader Comments (1)

Thanks for the update! It has been DRIVING ME CRAZY - but of course, I did nothing to find out why. Thank you for all you do to keep the rest of us up to date! Now, maybe I will be motivated enough to figure you why half the arches on the Stone Arch bridge have not been lit for ever so long!.

November 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl Kranz

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